Food & Drink in Blaine

Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt Sundae (Up to $24 Value)

Yogurt Sundae

Multiple Locations

Self-serve frozen yogurt flavors include cherry almond cookie, pink lemonade sorbet, and sugar-free Tahitian vanilla; more than 50 toppings

$8 $4.50

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$22 for $42 Worth of Sushi and Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi - Maplewood and Coon Rapids Riverdale

Multiple Locations

Teppanyaki chefs entertain diners while cooking filet mignon and lobster; sushi chefs stuff rolls with shrimp tempura, eel, and mango

$42 $22

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$25 for $50 Worth of Hibachi Food at Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse - Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids

Nimble-handed chefs cook traditional Japanese dishes before diners' eyes, sending up aromas of filet mignon, scallops, and hibachi noodles

$50 $25

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$19 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Casual American Food at Diggity Restaurant ($30 Value)

Diggity Restaurant

Coon Rapids

Cheese-curd stuffed hot dogs wrapped in bacon and deep fried, hand-smashed burgers, italian beef sandwiches, and pasta with Cinci chili

$15 $9.50

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Pub Food and Drinks for Two or Four at G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park (Up to 53% Off)

G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park

Fridley

Draft beers, drinks, and wine match with black Angus burgers, racks of ribs, wings, and other familiar pub grub

$44.48 $26

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Friday-Night Comedy at the Courtyards Standup Show and Buffet Dinner for Two at Courtyards of Andover (Up to 35% Off)

Comedy at the Courtyards

Comedy at the Courtyards

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Comics from around the country follow a hearty buffet including brisket, pan-fried walleye, and a nacho bar

$73.90 $48

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Appetizers and Drinks for Two or Four or Coffee or Wine at The Bean Coffee & Wine Cafe (Up to 59% Off)

The Bean Coffee & Wine Cafe

Andover

Various imported wines, specialty beers, or microbrews; appetizers made with local ingredients

$40.95 $17

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$28.98 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Family-Size, Three-Topping Pizza at Majestic Pizza (Up to $60.96 Value)

Majestic Pizza

Andover

Three 16-inch pizzas crafted from dough and sauce made fresh daily with traditional and gourmet ingredients, such as shrimp and white sauce

$20.32 $9.66

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$11 for $20 Worth of Candy, Confections, and Chocolate at Sweet Chocolat in Arden Hills

Sweet Chocolat

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Sea-salt caramels dipped in chocolate, handmade chocolate, and singing chocolatiers

$20 $11

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Steakhouse Cuisine and Drinks at Lindey's Prime Steak House (Up to 45% Off)

Lindey's Prime Steak House

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Casual steakhouse with 50+ years of history

$50 $29

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Pizzas, Salads and Drinks with a Comedy Show for Two or Four at Welsch's Big 10 Tavern (66% Off)

Welsch's Big 10 Tavern

Arden Hills - Shoreview

Big laughs drawn by comedian pair with housemade cheese pizzas, caesar salads, and drinks from the bar

$75.40 $26

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$12 for $24 Worth of New Orleans Creole Cuisine at NOLA Bistro & Bar

NOLA Bistro & Bar

Osseo / Maple Grove

Meals kick off with alligator bites before moving on to entrees of crawfish étouffée, andouille jambalaya, blackened catfish, and poboys

$24 $12

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Buffalo Wings and Beer or Fondue and Wine for Two at Eichten's Market & Cafe (46% Off)

Eichten's Market & Cafe

Shafer

Couples enjoy beer or wine along with buffalo wings or homemade cheese fondue featuring gouda from the Eichten family farm

$20.39 $11

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$12.50 for Two Dozen Donuts at Café Donuts ($20 Value)

Cafe Donuts

Multiple Locations

Chefs cook up 40 flavors of donuts, filling their shop’s display cases with varieties such as glazed, boston cream, red velvet, and coconut

$20 $12.50

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$27 for a 1-Year Membership, Plus $15 Credit Toward Purchases from Twin Cities Local Food ($55 Value)

Twin Cities Local Food

Multiple Locations

One-year membership gives users access to locally grown and produced, source-identified fruits, breads, vegetables and grass fed meats

$55 $27

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Italian Meal for Two or Four with Entrees and Wine at Little Venetian (Up to 51% Off)

Little Venetian

Roseville

Made from family recipes, the eatery's Italian classics range from meat-filled lasagna to pizza crowned with chicken and alfredo sauce

$37.90 $19

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Barbecue and Pub Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Smokey's Pub n' Grill (Up to 50% Off)

Smokey's Pub N' Grill

Wyoming

House-made barbecue, burgers, and local and craft beers

$30 $15

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Coffee, Food, Wine and Beer at Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Mountain Mudd Espresso Cafe, Beer and Wine

New Hope (across from YMCA)

Coffee and espresso served with pastries, desserts, wraps, and appetizers; variety of wine and beer options

$20 $10

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Casual American Food and Movie-Themed Drinks for Lunch or Dinner at Outtakes Bar & Grill (50% Off)

Outtakes Bar & Grill

Robbinsdale - Crystal - New Hope

Burgers and flatbread pizzas pair with specialty cocktails inspired by your favorite movies

$20 $10

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Six-Hour Holiday-Shopping and Wine & Beer Tasting Tour from Lee's Limousine (57% Off). 11 Options Available.

Lee's Limousine

Rosedale Center

As guests are sipping wine & shopping, the tour stops at a cheese farm, local wineries, a chocolatier, a brewery, & eclectic shopping venues

$159 $69

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Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Sarku Japan – St. Paul (Up to 45% Off)

Sarku Japan

Roseville

Made-to-order sushi, teriyaki, and tempura brimming with fresh seafood and vegetables

$20 $11

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3, 6, or 12 Months of Wine of the Month Club from MGM Wine and Spirits (Up to 61% Off)

MGM Wine and Spirits

Golden Valley

Wine of the month club is the easiest way to taste and learn about new wines, all hand selected by wine experts

$120 $59

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American Cuisine at Ingredients Cafe (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Ingredients Cafe

White Bear Lake

Local, sustainable ingredients make refined, internationally tinged dishes such as empanadas, Asian pork salad & lemon caper chicken penne

$40 $25

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Diner Food for Breakfast or Lunch at Cobblestone Cafe (50% Off)

Cobblestone Cafe

White Bear Lake

Classic diner food such as eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, burgers, and malts for breakfast or lunch served in café with outdoor seating

$20 $10

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Food and Drinks at Roma Restaurant Bar and Market

Roma Restaurant Bar and Market

Willernie

Chefs hand-toss dough for stromboli and fire gourmet thin-crust pizzas in wood-burning ovens

$20 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Hibachi Food and Drinks at Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji

Maple Grove

Stationed at tabletop hibachi grills, chefs grill lobster, steak & vegetables to order while diners watch

$30 $15

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Broasted Chicken or Burgers and Beer for Two or Four at The Lookout Bar and Grill (Up to 53% Off)

The Lookout Bar and Grill

Lookout Bar & Grill

Bar open since 1958 serves its signature broasted chicken or enormous burgers alongside draft beer

$35.98 $19

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Brewery Tour for 1, 2, 4, or 15 from RentMyPartyBus, Inc. (Up to 53% Off)

Rent My Party Bus, Inc.

Minneapolis

On a tour of the Twin Cities’ breweries and tap rooms, customers sip the best local brews

$75 $39

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Bread, Cupcakes, Pastries, and Cakes at Wuollet Bakery (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Wuollet Bakery

Multiple Locations

Descendants of the original owner bake an international selection of fresh breads and decorate custom cakes in a decades-old bakery

$30 $15

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Gourmet Pub Fare for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner at Chatterbox Pub (Up to 47% Off). Three Locations.

Chatterbox Pub

Multiple Locations

Lobster-laden steaks, artisanal pizzas, and sandwiches pair with 150+ craft beers, ciders, and cocktails amid vintage video and board games

$15 $8

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$22 for $40 Worth of Food and Drinks at Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Ichiban Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Loring Park

At tableside grills, chefs sizzle north atlantic salmon and filet mignon; sushi artists make more than 40 inventive rolls and sushi items

$40 $22

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$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine and Drinks for Two or More at Kobe Restaurant

Kobe Restaurant

Plymouth

Chefs entertain guests at the hibachi grills or sushi bar as bartenders mix specialty cocktails or pour Japanese beers, wines, and sake

$30 $16

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Urban Feast for Two or Four at Urban Eatery (Up to 46% Off)

Urban Eatery

Cedar-Isles-Dean

Chefs turn local ingredients into playful takes on classic dishes, such as smoked-duck nachos and thai lettuce wraps

$102.50 $55

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$16 for 2 Groupons, Each Valid for $14 Worth of Lunch at Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant ($28 Value)

Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant

Multiple Locations

Mexican dishes such as enchiladas and flautas fill tables during lunch hours

$14 $8

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$8 for $16 Worth of Diner Food for Breakfast and Lunch at 50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

50th Street Cafe

Classic diner serves organic, free-trade coffee alongside omelets, pancakes, bacon, and burgers

$16 $8

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"Show X" on Monday Nights at HUGE Improv Theater, Through December 29 (Up to 53% Off)

"Show X"

Huge Improv Theater

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Weekly show features veteran players in long-form improv performances

$29.78 $14

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$20 for $40 Worth of Locally Sourced Cuisine at SIX15

The SIX15 Room

Downtown Minneapolis

Globally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, such as Mexican pizza topped with chorizo and caramelized onion sauce

$40 $20

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Latin Fusion Cuisine at Cafe Ena (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Cafe Ena

Kingfield

Chef trained at three-star restaurant in Paris blends Latin American flavors with continental French flair

$60 $39

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$12 for $20 Worth of Healthy and Organic Food for Dinner at Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Tao Natural and Organic Foods Cafe

Uptown Minneapolis

The chefs here reach for seasonal, nutritious ingredients as they plate up casual vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eats

$20 $12

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Drinks and Small Food Plates at The Tangiers (50% Off)

The Tangiers

Minneapolis

Gourmet bistro-style fare includes flatbreads, small plates like tacos and a hummus platter, and inventive cocktails

$50 $25

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Lunch for Two or Four at Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar

Uptown

Fresh oysters, sushi, and fish pair with red wine, beer, or specialty cocktails on one of two rooftop decks

$85.85 $44

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Weekend Brunch for Two or Four, or $20 for $40 Worth of Lunch or Dinner at Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

Downtown West

Duck and prosciutto on toast, biscuits and gravy, or toffee french toast for brunch; bacon burgers, falafel, and crab balls for lunch/dinner

$42 $20

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Authentic Mexican Lunch or Dinner at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurante (50% Off)

El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant

Longfellow

Sturdy wooden tables prop up plate after plate of authentic, regional Mexican food under warm light of rustic lanterns

$24 $12

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Sandwiches and Salads at The Simple Sandwich (Half Off). Two Options Available.

The Simple Sandwich

Downtown West

Custom salads, hot sandwiches, soups, and breakfast are made from a choice of five breads, six meats, and locally sourced ingredients

$12 $6

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Pizza or Pasta & Drinks for 2 or $12 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Lunch at Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Jakeeno's Pizza & Pasta

Minneapolis

Cheesy pizzas topped with tomatoes, peppers, or pineapple or Italian-style pastas pair with glasses refreshing beer or robust wines

$12 $6

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Latin Meal with an Appetizer and Drinks for Two or Four at Conga Latin Bistro (Up to 59% Off)

Conga Latin Bistro

Nicollet Island

Eclectic Latin American food cha-chas its way to tables amid evocative wall murals and nightly salsa dancing

$67.85 $28

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$26.50 for Neapolitan Pizza for Two with Wine or Beer, Valid Monday–Thurs, at Pizza Nea (Up to $43 Value)

Pizza Nea

Nicollet Island

Red or white Neapolitan-style pizzas baked in a stone-fired oven and served with craft beers or wine

$43 $26.50

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Pizza for Two or Four at Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant (50% Off)

Sammy Perrella's Pizza & Restaurant

Coon Rapids

Pizzeria with full bar serves pies such as the 5 Cheese Bianco with garlic and Italian herb butter sauce, or the bacon cheeseburger pizza

$30 $15

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Pizzeria Cuisine for Delivery or Carryout at Parkway Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Parkway Pizza

PARKWAY NE

Eatery offers food such as hoagies, pasta, pizza, and apps like pesto garlic toast; valid for free delivery within 10 minutes from store

$20 $12

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Brunch, Lunch, or Chef's Tasting Menu for Four at Signature Cafe (Up to 52% Off)

Signature Cafe

Signature Cafe

Rotating menus feature farm-to-table cuisine such as beef stew, chicken a la king, and pumpkin ice cream

$25 $12

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Dinner and Wine for Two or Four at Kiku Bistro (50% Off)

Kiku Bistro

Uptown

Pan-Asian entrees such as organic beef with orange peel and plum sauce or scallops with black bean sauce, paired with pours of house wine

$51.90 $26

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Breakfast or Dinner for Two at Basil's Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Basil's Restaurant

Minneapolis

Chefs craft upscale American fare in a casual dining room located on the third floor of the Marquette Hotel

$130 $69

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pizza and Italian Food at Parkway Pizza

Parkway Pizza

Parkway Pizza

Hot wings, baked penne layered with pepperoni, sausage hoagies, and pizzas loaded with your choice of nearly 30 toppings

$20 $11

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Burgers and American Pub Fare at eagleBOLTbar (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

eagleBOLTbar

Downtown East

Gay pub and restaurant dishes out classic burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, and drinks in eclectic atmosphere

$24 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Raku Sushi and Lounge

Raku Sushi and Lounge

Minneapolis

Upscale Asian-fusion cuisine in futuristically decorated restaurant

$30 $15

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Cuban-Style Cuisine at El Burrito Cubano (Half Off). Two Options Available.

El Burrito Cubano

El Burrito Cubano

Diners customize Cuban-style burritos and sandwiches with colorful add-ons such as pickles, jalapeños, and pico de gallo

$10 $5

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Bowling and American Food and Drink at Park Tavern (Up to 55% Off). Two Options Available.

Park Tavern

St. Louis Park

Up to six people can enjoy an hour or bowling while munching on cuisine such as bacon-cheeseburger pizzas, chicken-dijon paninis, and salads

$50 $29

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream and More at Edina Creamery

Edina Creamery

Minneapolis

Waffle cones, milk shakes, and sundaes made with more than 50 flavors of homemade ice cream such as espresso love; Vietnamese sandwiches

$10 $5

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American Cuisine at Nicollet Island Inn Bar Restaurant and Hotel (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

Nicollet Island Inn Bar Restaurant and Hotel

Nicollet Island

Take in the romantic surroundings of an island in the middle of the mighty Mississippi while dining on such dishes as walleye

$60 $39

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Pub Fare or Burgers and Beer for Four at Miller's Corner Bar and Grill (Up to 52% Off)

Miller's Corner Bar

Columbia Heights

Burgers made from third-pound patties pair with a glass of Blue Moon, Coors Light, or other draft beer

$25 $13

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$13 for $25 Worth of Italian Fare and Drinks at Sweet Taste of Italy in Brooklyn Park

Sweet Taste of Italy

Brooklyn Park - Maple Grove

Chefs create Italian favorites with American twist, from jumbo-sized pizzas to lasagna with hand-grated cheese & special red sauce

$25 $13

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Hibachi Meal for Two or Four or Sushi Meal for Two with Wine or Beer at Wasabi Fusion Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Wasabi Fusion Restaurant

Minneapolis

Chefs flip chicken, steak, shrimp, rice, and veggies on a hibachi grill; sushi meal includes rolls, nigiri, and sashimi alongside edamame

$64 $34

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Food at Emily's Lebanese Deli ($40 Total Value)

Emily's Lebanese Deli

St. Anthony West

38-year-old restaurant featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

$20 $11

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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Asian-Fusion Cuisine and Drinks at Chin Dian Café (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available

Chin Dian Cafe

Como

Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, and Malaysian flavors combine in chicken with dried chilies and shrimp with rice noodles

$20 $10

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Specialty Pizza and Drinks for Two or Four at W XYZ Bar at Aloft Minneapolis (50% Off)

W XYZ Bar at Aloft Minneapolis

Aloft Hotel

Bartenders spin out creative cocktails made with house-infused liquors to pair with a crab cake salad or a gourmet pizza

$40 $20

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Pub Cuisine for Two or Four at Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill (50% Off)

Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill

Fridley

Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pasta & steak served at a Sports bar with 43 pool tables, weekly entertainment featuring Bands, Djs & karaoke

$30 $16

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Carry-Out Italian Meals or Catering for 25 from Boss' Pizza and Chicken (Up to 65% Off). Four Options Available.

Boss' Pizza and Chicken - Minneapolis

Minneapolis

Creative pizzas, with toppings such as shrimp and Alfredo sauce or eggs and sausage, complement meatball-studded spaghetti and other pastas

$17.50 $10

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$10 for $20 Worth of Café Beverages and Snacks at Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Defiant Tattoo and Caffeine Bar

Minneapolis

Coffee shop attached to a tattoo parlor serves fair-trade, locally roasted B+W Specialty Coffee drinks, baked treats, and pizza from Heggies

$20 $10

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$10 for $20 Worth of Ecuadorian and Colombian Cuisine at La Colonia Restaurant

La Colonia Restaurant

Windom Park

Regional South American specialties such as goat stew with fried sweet plantains, arroz con pollo, and pan-fried rainbow trout

$20 $10

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$6 for $10 Worth of Food — 612 Cafe

612 Cafe

Minneapolis

Delicious fresh sandwiches with fresh baked buns. Soups, salads, burgers, and tacos.

$10 $6

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Japanese Cuisine for Two or Four at Mango Factory (46% Off)

Mango Factory

Minneapolis

Japanese food including shrimp tempura, beef teriyaki, and Zodiac-themed sushi rolls

$28 $15

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Lunch for Two or Six-Course Chef's Table Dinner with Wine for Up to Eight at Icehouse (Up to 50% Off)

Icehouse

Whittier

Beer-battered cod, cheese ravioli, and lobster BLTs served at lunch; six-course Chef's Table dinner with specialty entrees paired with wine

$30 $17

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Breads, Pastries, and Organic Juices at Solomon's Bakery (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Solomon's Bakery

Minneapolis

European–style croissants, sweet-potato tarts, dinner rolls, and made-to-order organic juices

$30 $15

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$18 for 2 Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Deli, Grocery Items at Local D’Lish ($30 Total Value)

Local D’Lish

Minneapolis

The family behind this local produce-based shop helps connect people to their products, listing their origins or bringing in farmers

$15 $9

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Russian Cuisine at Hammer and Sickle (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Hammer and Sickle

Uptown

Old-country cuisine includes flights of caviar, bowls of borscht, pierogi, russian barbecue, and cabbage rolls

$40 $22

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$26 for $50 or $52 for $100 Worth of Hibachi Dinner at Sushi X

Sushi X

Minneapolis

Eatery dishes out hibachi cuisine with proteins like chicken and scallops, speciality sushi rolls, tempura, and pork katsu

$50 $26

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$54 for Bocce-Court Rental, Craft Beer, and Brewpub Pizzas for Up to Eight at Nomad World Pub ($110 Value)

Nomad World Pub

West Bank- Minneapolis

Enjoy beer and pizza when you rent a bocce court

$110 $54

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Sunday Brunch at Acqua-Forest Lake (45% Off)

Acqua Restaurant & Bar

Forest Lake

Enjoy Sunday brunch options such as prime rib hash, homemade biscuits with sausage gravy or peppercorn blue burger with malted-vinegar fries

$40 $22

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It started with a single store, opened in Fridley, Minnesota in 1964. But Dick Kempe's pizza proved too tasty for one outpost, and Chanticlear Pizza eventually spread to 14 locations in the following years. And although Dick no longer owns the pizzerias, his uncompromising standards for quality pies remain in place. Fresh dough is mixed up and hand-tossed daily. Vegetables are chopped each morning. Instead of adding sugar to their sauce, the chefs rely on the tomatoes' natural, charm school-perfected sweetness. And the from-scratch foundation is always topped with house-shredded, 100% Wisconsin mozzarella cheese.

Once the dough and sauce are ready, Chanticlear Pizza's chefs continue the process by loading them with meats and veggies. The selection of toppings range from shrimp and bacon pieces to a secret-recipe pickle blend. A splash of spicy, bourbon-tinged molasses or chunky salsa can add additional pizzazz to pizzas. Beyond circular eats, polygonal dishes as pastas, calzones, and sides of buffalo wings and garlic toast populate the menu.

914 125th Ln NE
Minneapolis,
MN
US

A bowling alley, sports bar, 4,100-square-foot arcade, and convention hall all reside within Blainbrook Entertainment Center. In the bowling alley, families and friends challenge each other at one of 24 neon-lit lanes equipped with automatic scoring or join the center's competitive leagues for adults and children ages 5?19. Meanwhile, sports fans grab a seat in the sports bar to watch games on big-screen TVs, listen to live music, enjoy steak dinners from the menu, or play pool. Pool tables also fill the arcade alongside poker tables, dartboards, and more than 50 games, including virtual-reality games. And when guests need to host a wedding reception, family reunion, or rock-paper-scissors competition, they fill Brookhall?a large convention center with a bar, crystal chandeliers, and access to an outdoor garden.

12000 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Aromas of baking pizzas and simmering house-made sauces drift from the kitchen of Umbria, which is named in honor of the region of Italy where the eatery’s founders developed their recipes. The cooks forge crusts from freshly kneaded dough, which they slip into the rippling heat of the ovens. Kraft macaroni 'n' cheese, smoked bacon, sauerkraut, corned beef, gyro meat, and other inventive ingredients scatter across pies and allow patrons to customize a meal that is already shaped exactly like their favorite manhole cover.

1250 126th Ln
Blaine,
MN
US

In a way, Big Dipper Ice Cream Shop specializes in fusion cuisine. The family-owned shop combines ice cream with a variety of desserts to make entirely new concoctions. For instance, their handmade ice cream flavors are infused with a host of candies that would feel right at home in a movie theater including Almond Joy and Snickers. Other flavors derive their tang from fresh fruit, as in the case of black raspberry and caramel apple. Still others owe their taste to classic confections such as cheesecake, licorice, and the popular dirty turtle, a mix of dark chocolate, pecans, and caramel.

There are more than 40 flavors in all behind the counter. And though you might miss out on mint oreo during one visit, you could get lucky the next time you stop by as the staff constantly rotates the selection. These staffers are also responsible for the shop's festive, community atmosphere that can make their sweets taste even sweeter, a fact that earned the shop a nomination for the 2013 Macaroni Kid Family Choice Awards. There's even a vending machine outside where customers can pick up pre-packaged servings to eat ice cream on the go without having to install a tiny freezer in their glove compartment.

1250 126th Ave NE
Blaine,
MN
US

On J.J. Murphy's Irish Pub’s opening day, reports the Star Tribune, bagpipers blasted their traditional tunes and a priest blessed the bar, a custom for new businesses in Ireland. The owner of local Irish-themed restaurants, including O'Donovan's Irish Pub and Jake O'Connors, native Irishman Dermot Cowley established J.J. Murphy’s in honor of the city of Blaine’s first settler from the 1860s, Irishman Phillip Laddy.

Alongside Irish pub classics such as beef and Guinness stew, Dermot’s handpicked menu includes soft pretzels with a Jameson’s Irish Whiskey-spiked mustard and a vegetarian-friendly sandwich with grilled tomatoes and sautéed onions. These feasts unfold in a spacious bar outfitted with salvaged material from Ireland, including the sign from famous Dublin bar The 5 Crosses and a lost and confused Liam Neeson. Old oak tables, antique benches, and a toasty fireplace adorn the dining area, while bartenders behind the copper bar supply spirits to thirsty patrons tapping their toes to concerts from live musicians on the pub’s new stage.

10400 Baltimore St NE
Blaine,
MN
US

More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half-century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.

12555 Ulysses St NE
Minneapolis,
MN
US